zapper

noun
zap·​per | \ ˈza-pər How to pronounce zapper (audio) \

Definition of zapper

: one that zaps: such as
a : an electronic device designed to attract and kill insects
b : a person who habitually changes channels (as to avoid commercials)
c : a remote control device used for zapping

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Folks in Alaska spend a lot of money on mosquito zappers. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Instead of zapping Alaska’s mosquitoes, build a birdhouse," 6 June 2019 Zhang says a key hurdle will be persuading companies to develop the unconventional UV zappers needed for widespread use. Mark Peplow, Scientific American, "Reprintable Paper Offers Sustainable Alternative to the Printed Word," 1 June 2017 But while topicals have their place, years of interviewing skincare experts, polling readers, and test-driving zit-zappers has lead me to realize acne is best treated from the inside out. Elizabeth Dehn, Marie Claire, "Got Acne? Try Apple Cider Vinegar.," 14 Feb. 2015 The sounds resemble that of a bug zapper at a Fourth of July picnic. 12:23 p.m. (Q2, 2:49) — Illinois turned the interception into a short field goal to take a 13-10 lead. Scott Dochterman, ajc, "Iowa-Illinois: Recap, score, analysis for Week 6 game," 7 Oct. 2017 His neighbor even brought over an electric rat zapper trap. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "A downside to D.C.’s population growth? The growing number of rats.," 13 Sep. 2017 The golden age of bug-zapper innovation arrived in the mid-aughts. Rebekah Kebede, The Atlantic, "Does Electrifying Mosquitoes Protect People From Disease?," 5 May 2017 Zhang says a key hurdle will be persuading companies to develop the unconventional UV zappers needed for widespread use. Mark Peplow, Scientific American, "Reprintable Paper Offers Sustainable Alternative to the Printed Word," 22 May 2017 Another prank revises the classic wet towel whip in the shower: Conlon, the mosquito expert, reports that some Marines like to use a bug zapper instead. Rebekah Kebede, The Atlantic, "Does Electrifying Mosquitoes Protect People From Disease?," 5 May 2017

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First Known Use of zapper

1969, in the meaning defined above

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zapper

noun

English Language Learners Definition of zapper

informal
: an electronic device that attracts and kills insects

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